Rolling out the barrels for a 40,000 pint rise

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Wombwell’s acclaimed Acorn Brewery is expanding as demand rises for its award-winning cask-conditioned ales.

Famous for its traditional Acorn Barnsley Bitter brew, the Wombwell brewer has reported a sales spike of 13 per cent over the past year.

Now a £60,000 investment has been made which takes production capacity to 140 brewer’s barrels or more than 40,000 pints a week.

Proprietor and head brewer, Dave Hughes said: “We are growing business for both cask and bottles ales, despite the dire economic climate. We now sell much more in South Yorkshire as licensees and their customers,increasingly appreciate the broad choice of our range - from our moderate strength Barnsley Bitter to our premium Gorlovka Imperial Stout and IPAs.

“These local sales are crucial, reducing our food miles and costs. In general the demand for cask ale is growing as younger beer enthusiasts and females increasingly reject global brands”.

Acorn beers have won more than fifty awards since 2003. The investment was made in cooling equipment, two new 20-barrel conditioning tanks and 200 stainless steel casks.

The brewery tap, Old No 7 pub in Barnsley was voted Barnsley Pub of the Year by Camra (Campaign for Real Ale).